Sheema- Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party leaders spent the greater part of the weekend in Sheema North, canvassing last-minute votes for their respective party candidates ahead of today’s by-election.
The seat fell vacant after the then area Member of Parliament, Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, successfully contested for the newly created Sheema Municipality seat on July 28.
President Museveni, the chairman of the NRM party, urged the voters to elect Ms Naome Kibaaju because she will reach him, other than voting Opposition candidate who will not get anywhere near him to brief him about the challenges of locals.
He added that by voting the NRM candidate, they will be sure of getting government services. “I want you to support Kibaaju so that she can easily lobby services for you and I will start by tarmacking Bwizibwera-Kabwohe Road,” Mr Museveni promised.
Minister Ephraim Kamuntu and Dr Tanga Odoi, the party electoral commission chairman, were also in the constituency to campaign for Ms Kibaaju.
There are 35,000 registered voters. Likewise, the FDC former party president and four time presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye, asked the electorate to vote for Guma Nuwagaba.
“If you vote for Guma and Museveni sees that Sheema has refused to be bought, you will see what will come here. NRM has never clapped for people who clap for them. Government is like your body because you scratch where you are itching. You will never scratch where there is no itch so you itch them so deep and you will see how they will scratch Sheema to be better,’’ Dr Besigye said.
The party president, Mr Patrick Amuriat, party chairman Waswa Birigwa and MPs; Francis Mwijukye, Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda and Mubarak Munyagwa also campaigned for Mr Guma.
Mr Guma was previously an NRM member and served as the Resident District Commissioner for Mitooma. He defected from NRM to FDC after losing the party election to Ms Kibaaju. It’s a two-horse race after the then third candidate in the race, Mr Felix Mujuni, pulled out on September 24, five days after he was nominated on Independent ticket.